TODAY’S – Airport to be constructed for new Prime Ministry building

Airport to be constructed for new Prime Ministry buildingA military airport located near the new Prime Ministry building, which is still under construction despite a decision by an Ankara court to halt work due to concerns that the project threatens the environment and wildlife in the Turkish capital, will reportedly be turned into a VIP government airport.According to a report in the Cumhuriyet daily on Friday, in order to increase the accessibility of the new Prime Ministry building, a project has been devised to turn a military airport within the Etimesgut Army Aviation School into a government airport.

In accordance with the project plans, in 2011 the school and training division headquarters of the Ankara Military Academy, located near the new Prime Ministry building, was moved to the Sivrihisar district of EskiIehir province. But the academy’s aviation school, which is also located in the same area, was not moved because of its military airport.

According to Cumhuriyet’s report, action has been taken by officials to open the airport within the aviation school for government flights.Although the details of the construction of the new Prime Ministry complex have been kept secret, some photographs of the construction site taken from the air are publicly available.

Photographs of the complex, which some reports have described as similar to the White House or the Pentagon, show the progress of construction since it began two years ago.Although an Ankara court ordered on June 25 that construction of the Prime Ministry building inside the Ataturk Forest Farm and Zoo (AO) be halted due to concerns that the project threatens the environment and wildlife in the Turkish capital, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoIan challenged the court decision and ordered the construction to continue, saying, “If they have the power, let them destroy it.

”With that statement, the prime minister violated Article 2 of the Constitution on the principle of the rule of law, and Article 138 of the Administrative Trial Procedures Law, which makes it mandatory for citizens and state agencies to abide by court decisions. The AO, often called the lungs of Ankara, is an expansive recreational farming area that houses a zoo, several small farms, greenhouses, restaurants, a dairy and a brewery.

In 2012 the Court of Accounts released a report stating that the Ataturk Forest Farm and Zoo has been misused, the latest example of which is the reported construction of the new Prime Ministry building. The report emphasizes that the farm is part of the heritage of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and is of great importance.

It also says the AO should be protected and managed according to the main goal of the farm and that AO’s land should be returned to the state. Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) KIrklareli deputy Turgut Dibek submitted a parliamentary question on July 14 concerning expenditures on the construction of the new Prime Ministry complex.

The CHP deputy asked for information about the amount spent on the construction project because of reports that Prime Minister ErdoIan had challenged a court decision to reinstate the status of the forest as a first-degree environmentally protected zone..

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman